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Flyers Making It A Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Philadelphia defeated Boston 4-0 tonight to force a game 6 in Philly.

Flyers also lost Brian Boucher to an apparent knee injury which you can watch below.

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My Eyes Watered Just Reading This

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“Pain?” Nick Fotiu asked in his New York accent. “Fuggedaboudit.”

We’ll never know what the margin of error is between Sami Salo and Semi Salo, but it’s sounding like the Vancouver Canucks defenceman is going to get off luckier than the former Calgary Flames winger Fotiu, who went through what Salo is going through today — but worse — back in 1986.

Fotiu blocked a Charlie Huddy slapper, and it cost him one of his testicles.

“There is no way to describe it,” Fotiu said when we reached him in New Jersey Monday. “Pain? Forget about it. You could … not … believe … the pain. @#*&, it was bad. Bad, bad pain.


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Goals Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

1 1/2 minutes of the best goals from the last week of the NHL Playoffs.

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Ryan Smyth Out Of World Championship With Fractured Ankle

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via a Chris Johnston tweet,

Ryan Smyth says he has a fractured ankle. He’s heading back to Los Angeles on Wednesday.

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  Tags: ryan+smyth, team+canada

Bruins Top Nielsen Ratings In Boston Against Other Local Teams Last Friday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Bruins averaged a 8.3 local rating on VERSUS, the Red Sox a 6.3 local rating on NESN and the Celtics a 4.1 local rating on ESPN.

In terms of households, the Bruin game delivered 200,000 households, the Red Sox game 153,000 households and the Celtic game 99,000 households.

In terms of total viewers, the Bruins easily beat both of the other local teams averaging 328,000 viewers (Red Sox had 223,000 and Celtics had 142,000 viewers).

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Presenting The Bobby Orr Statue

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The statue of Bobby Orr is outside the TD Garden.

Bobby says thanks and the 2nd video is a close-up of the statue.

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A Few Detroit Notes

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Was told that Pavel Datsyuk and Jonathan Ericsson are off to compete in the World Championships in Germany. Jimmy Howard said he spent a long time mulling an invitation to join Team USA but a groin injury ultimately prevented him from a trip to Germany. “My groin is not 100 percent. We thought it would be better than going over there and setting myself back for training this summer,” Howard said.

- Nicklas Lidstrom confirmed reports that he enrolled his son in a school in Sweden, but said not to look at that as any confirmation of any retirement plans. The enrollment was just to keep his options open.


added 3:12pm, via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is confident that captain Nicklas Lidstrom will return next season.

“I went to Nick, I said, ‘Nick, what do you want me to tell them (media)? He said, ‘Tell them my wife and I are going to hang out for a couple of weeks and talk about it,’ ‘’ Babcock said. “So, Nick will be back.’‘

Does Babcock truly believe that?

“Of course I believe it, or I wouldn’t have said it,’’ Babcock said.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“The game has changed, there’s no question about it.  We’re not a country like Canada or Russia — if the top 20 guys say no, they can still put together a great team. We just don’t have those kind of players. And the players should realize it — you never know, because the level of hockey is getting better.

“You can see Denmark beat Finland (on Saturday). If your top guys don’t go to world championship, it might happen that your team next year might play in B group.”

-Jaromir Jagr talking about the lack of elite players on the Czech World Championship team.  More from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Globe and Mail.

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Improving Joe Thornton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Before we start to credit Joe Thornton’s playoff play and forget his past performances because of the six-game point’s streak he’s riding, his defensive play could use a little pick-me-up. When the Detroit Red Wings crushed San Jose 7-1 last Thursday, Thornton was minus-3 and he’s minus-4 overall in the post-season.

Still, you have to be impressed with the way he has taken charge on offense; no longer staying to the outside where he is less effective, but instead working the puck to the net. The results have been significant.

continue plus additional playoff topics…

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Malkin Has Not Been A Difference Maker

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Last season I criticized Evgeni Malkin’s Hart trophy nomination because he had a very offensive zone start record and still gave up a lot of scoring chances to opponents.  His zone and team adjusted Corsi Number was second worst in the NHL.  Now that does not mean he is the second worst player in the league - or anything ridiculous like that - but it means that given his strong offensive usage, the amount of time opponents controlled the puck in the Pittsburgh zone, shows defensive weaknesses in Malkin.  It certainly shows that his Hart Trophy nomination was a poor one driven only by his offensive numbers and not a look at his complete game.

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